Project Leader: Prof WANG Zixin Johnson
Business Area: Healthcare: Diagnostic, Social Inclusion
Starting Year: 2018-04-01
Issue: While many may only associate Human Papillomavirus (HPV) with women, the virus is accountable for over 80% of anal cancer incidences in men. For men who have sex with men (MSM), such risks are estimated to be 20 times higher. Although vaccination has been shown highly effective thus recommended widely by international health organisations, local MSM show low willingness in taking HPV vaccination at the market rate. On top of limited promotion and services, prevalent stigma and marginalisation could have contributed to their reluctance.
Impact: The project saw 20% engaged MSM taking up the service thus far. Participants are introduced to an effective prevention strategy against HPV and related diseases, who helped promoted the importance of prevention by word of mouth. The project demonstrates a transferrable service model for other NGOs.
Beneficiaries: – 25 MSM
Solution: Combining health-related interventions based on behavioural health theories, motivational interviewing and collaborating with a gay-friendly private clinic, this project aims to increase the effectiveness and sustainability of the HPV vaccination promotion service model. The team provide training for their NGO partners in engaging users of their HIV testing and counselling service, who should also be more motivated to take HPV vaccination and feel less stigmatised to be approached in such settings. These MSM would watch a short video produced by the team, and be given discount coupons so they would also invite their peers to use the service.

An evidence-based knowledge transfer program promoting HPV vaccination among men who have sex with men in Hong Kong